Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Full oversight

Oregon provides counsel to indigent youth through a statewide Office of Public Defender Services (OPDS). Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Oregon state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile may waive his or her right to counsel as long as it is demonstrated that this relinquishment is intentional and that the juvenile and his or her parents understood the risks of self-representation.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

In Oregon, juvenile indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes, and the Qualification Standards for Court-Appointed Counsel to Represent Financially Eligible Persons at State Expense, which provide a determination of indigency. Oregon indigency law applies to juveniles being transferred to criminal court. By statute, special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. Indigency is judicially determined.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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